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Liverpool Echo

We are very happy to announce Sanctuary was mentioned by our local Councillors in an article in the Liverpool Echo:

“We’re delighted to see some groups from the part of the city we represent being successful in obtaining grants from the Mayor’s Environmental Initiatives Fund.

Sanctuary Family Support is a wonderful charity based on Upper Parliament Street that does so much to help families affected by substance dependency.

Their planned healing garden will be part of the range of therapies and support it offers.

These small parcels of money will have a big impact.”

Cllrs Tim Beaumont, Abdul Qadir & Nathalie Nicholas

Healing Garden

Sanctuary was successful in 2015, with funding from Liverpool Community Fund, for a gardening project. We were not able to start this project until we had moved into our new premises.   This has been ongoing since January 2016 and we have had so many of our service users and volunteers who have dedicated their time and put their heart and soul into making the garden what it is today, “Special”.

Our volunteers have given so much time to this project.  It has changed from a dark and miserable place to a haven of flowers and sanctuary. Two of our service users who are carpenters worked on making the stairways safe with fences and gates.  They screwed batons to the walls for the climbing plants to grow and one of them have made us 4 large planters.  Plants have been purchased, some   donated by our Kinship Carers.  Two of our Family Members who lost their son recently spent the day planting.  We will be holding a celebration day to say Thank You to all our volunteers and service users who donated plants, chairs, etc.  Carillion have been invited to this day.

Big Lottery Launch

 On the 2nd October 2015 we launched our new project “Supporting and Stabilizing Lives”.  This was attended by around 50 people, some from other organisations, funders past and present, local councillors including Luciana Berger, Louise Ellman, the local media and last but not least our service users.  Our Chair opened the launch and spoke about the beginning of Sanctuary and how we have progressed through the years up until the present day.  She then introduced the Project Co-ordinator.  The Project Co-ordinator introduced the new staff, and talked about their roles within the project.  Two of our service users gave Testimonies about the help they had received from Sanctuary.  Two of our carers went on to give a performance around role-play, one being the mother of a user who hadn’t sought help.  The day was a great success ending with an enjoyable lunch and some holistic therapies.

 

Awards

We are pleased to announce that a grandchild of one of our kinship carers’: Mica Grant won a Young Achievers Award from Steve Biko Housing Association.  We are so proud of her and all the young winners.  So proud.

Big Lottery

SFS has been awarded a 3 year grant for deliver a project, funded by the Big Lottery fund called: Sanctuary –Support and Stabilizing Lives.

Our Charity is now a CIO: 1161537

The problems that this project aim to deal with are:

  1. a) high levels of substance misuse in Liverpool –
  2. i) we aim to reduce or prevent misuse by people, through the awareness and educational workshops;
  3. ii) for those who misuse, to help them better manage their addictions and become less or non dependent on substances over time and prevent relapse through the support services to be offered

 

  1. b) the turmoil on family members and disruption to family cohesion due to substance misuse by family members –
  2. i) we aim to provide support, advice and guidance to family members on coping mechanisms, tell tale signs, awareness and other support e.g. domestic violence and other forms of abuse
  3. ii) we aim to offer family cohesion activities where if the family member has been separated due to problematic substance misuse, sectioning, imprisonment, helping to build bridges reconnecting them as a family unit.